Emily Sugimoto

Korean Cryptologic Linguist for U.S. Army

Korea

Class of 2012, Linguistics major


Sugimoto works both as a Korean cryptologic linguist for the U.S. Army and as a brigade command sergeant major’s administrative assistant and driver. Utilizing the Korean language skills she learned at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey in California, Sugimoto works alongside Republic of Korea Army counterparts.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

Engaging the culture and changing the world — that is the definition of my job. In every task that I’m given, whether big or small, I try to carry it out with a spirit of joy in the hope of spreading God’s grace and love. There is a lot of spiritual warfare within the military, and my desire is to work from the inside out, touching as many lives as I can by introducing the beauty and goodness of the Lord.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew is one of my greatest inspirations. It was her Introduction to Linguistics course that ignited my passion for language and linguistics. She provided guidance and encouragement throughout my entire college career, and always with a spirit of humility and compassion.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

As long as you follow your heart and listen to God, you will always be provided for. Just trust in his plan for you! Even when you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, it will come, and when you reach it, you will be overcome with blessings and joy.